Bulletin 14 - improved offer - issued 31 August 2022

I wish to advise that on 30 August 2022 I made a further improved offer to settle the teachers and assistant teachers’ enterprise agreement (EA) negotiations.

I have outlined these significant improvements for a new EA to replace the existing NTPS teachers and assistant teachers’ 2017 to 2021 EA (the current agreement) below.

This offer is in addition to and improves the offer made on 23 November 2021 and an information sheet with combined improved offer in addition to the last offer. Read the improved offer PDF (270.7 KB).

Importantly these improvements are aimed to retain and attract educators to the Northern Territory (NT). They will continue to have our NT educators paid ahead of other jurisdictions.

Further improvements

I am pleased to advise you of the further improvements which I have offered:

  • the term of the agreement to be 3 years
  • 2 lump sum payments totalling $6,000 (to assist with immediate cost of living pressures):
    • $4,000 upon reaching agreement
    • $2,000 on the first pay period on or after 11 October 2023
  • inclusion of matters in my previous offers, with the exception of the electricity subsidy and Christmas closedown
  • removal of the electricity subsidy for teachers in remote schools, whilst retaining the current provision for Borroloola
  • agreement to discuss during the life of EA options regarding class sizes - non-contact times and managing the administrative burdens on teachers
  • a one-off adjustment of the classification structures for assistant teachers, classroom teachers, senior teachers and some principals (PLO1 to PLO3) to be paid effective from the date the new agreement is finalised, as set out in the tables below.
Assistant teachers’ (AT) salaries

The AT pay points link to the CT1 pay point.

Classification Current salary % of CT1 current Proposed salary per annum % of CT1 (proposed) % increase
AT1 $51,664 67% $54,079 67% 4.7%
AT2 $56,268 73% $58,922 73% 4.7%
AT3 $60,271 78% $62,958 78% 4.5%
AT4 $66,651 87% $70,222 87% 5.4%
AT5 $71,849 93% $75,065 93% 4.5%
Classroom teachers (CT)

The current CT structure to align more with the professional stream in the NTPS:

Classification Current salary Proposed salary per annum % increase
CT1 $77,047 $80,715 4.8%
CT2 $80,911 $83,700 3.4%
CT3 $84,777 $89,395 5.4%
CT4 $88,641 $92,703 4.6%
CT5 $92,505 $96,133 3.9%
CT6* $98,902 $100,677 1.8%
CT7 $102,768 $104,377 1.6%
CT8 $106,631 $108,500 1.8%
CT9 $110,496 $112,512 1.8%
CT10* New level $114,598 New level (2.8% increase on CT9)

*CT6: remove additional qualification checks/requirements and have them as for other CT levels.
*CT10 level recognises the expertise and experience of teachers at this level. CT10s would be asked to support CT1 and CT2s through coaching and mentoring. It is estimated that 77% of CT9 would immediately move to CT10 based on more than 12 months qualifying service at CT9 level.

Senior teachers (ST)
Classification Current salary Proposed salary per annum % increase
ST1(1) $122,220 $124,559 1.9%
ST1(2)* new $126,195 new
ST2(1) $127,061 $129,369 1.8%
ST2(2)* new $130,873 new
ST3 $135,046 $137,342 1.7%
ST4 $138,868 $140,998 1.5%
ST5 $148,468 $150,268 1.2%
ST6 $153,159 $155,362 1.4%
ST7 $158,586 $161,100 1.6%
ST8 $165,965 $165,965 0.2%

*This represents an additional ‘increment’ point that can be achieved based on performance.

Principals (ongoing) (PLO)
Classification Current salary Proposed salary per annum % increase
PLO1(1) $123,720 $125,823 1.70%
PLO1(2) $126,195 $128,340 1.70%
PLO2(1) $127,061 $129,221 1.70%
PLO2(2) $130,873 $133,098 1.70%
PLO3(1) $135,046 $137,342 1.70%
PLO3(2) $141,798 $144,209 1.70%
PLO4(1) $146,837 $146,837 0.00%
PLO4(2) $151,242 $151,242 0.00%
PLO5(1) $156,408 $156,408 0.00%
PLO5(2) $161,100 $161,100 0.00%
PLO6(1) $165,965 $165,965 0.00%
PLO6(2) $170,944 $170,944 0.00%
PLO7(1) $175,084 $175,084 0.00%
PLO7(2) $180,336 $180,336 0.00%

I wish to emphasise that this offer includes an increase to the base rates for non-contract principals (from PLO1-PLO3), classroom teachers, senior teachers and assistant teachers.

It recognises and rewards long term employees for their hard work and dedication to education in the Territory.

This ensures that non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers will continue to enjoy competitive salaries and conditions.

Recognition of long term employees

It recognises and rewards long term employees for their hard work and dedication to education in the Territory

This proposal ensures that non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers will continue to enjoy competitive salaries and conditions.

Next steps

I have asked parties to provide me with feedback on the improved offer. Then I would like employees to have a say by voting.

Have your say - your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au.

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on this web page.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
31 August 2022


Last updated: 16 September 2022

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